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Atalanta vs Sassuolo - Both teams to go for broke in crucial clash

Goalmouth action galore expected between Atalanta and Sassuolo
An end-to-end Serie A contest is expected between Atalanta and Sassuolo
An end-to-end Serie A contest is expected between Atalanta and Sassuolo on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Atalanta vs Sassuolo Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Atalanta host Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium in a Serie A clash between two teams with strong attacking records and struggling defences. Both teams have routinely seen BTTS in recent matches and this is the tip for Sunday’s crunch encounter at 1.86.

Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio Form & Team News


Atalanta drew 1-1 away to Juventus in their last match with Josip Ilicic’s opener cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic. This was La Dea’s ninth Serie A match in 12 to see both teams to score.

Coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s hand has been strengthened upfront by Duvan Zapata’s incredible season. The striker has scored 22 Serie A goals in 2018/19, placing him joint second on the top scorers list.

Zapata is likely to be a popular pick in the anytime goalscorer market at 1.61 while Atalanta can be backed to win at 1.25. This result would secure UEFA Champions League qualification and La Dea are likely to go all out for the win.

No team has scored more Serie A goals this season than Atalanta (74) but their defence has cost them dearly, leaking 45 goals. I am thus backing action at both ends against Sassuolo with BTTS tipped at 1.86.

Duvan Zapata has been lethal in front of goal this season with 22 Serie A strikes. (Getty Images)
Duvan Zapata has been lethal in front of goal this season with 22 Serie A strikes. (Getty Images)

US Sassuolo Calcio Form & Team News


Sassuolo drew 0-0 at home to AS Roma in their last Serie A match but this result came off the back of a 2-2 draw to Frosinone and a 3-2 defeat to Torino. I Neroverdi’s matches have generally been high-scoring in 2018/19 with seven of their last 11 going BTTS.

Roberto de Zerbi’s Sassuolo sit 10th on the Serie A table and have little but pride on the line against Atalanta. De Zerbi encouraged his team to work on becoming even more deadly in front of goal after the Roma draw and a strong reaction is likely.

The worry for Sassuolo is that they may end up exposed against Serie A’s most prolific attack. Federico Peluso and Giangiacomo Magnani’s injuries have limited de Zerbi’s options in defence.

At least Sassuolo will be on familiar territory at a ground which they like Atalanta call home. If you back the Neroverdi for the win, they are paying big odds of 11.00 whilst a draw can be backed at 6.50.

Atalanta vs Sassuolo Head to Head


The last match between Atalanta and Sassuolo was a humdinger at the Mapei Stadium in December which ended 6-2 in favour of La Dea. 

Josip Ilicic bagged a hat-trick with Duvan Zapata, Alejandro Dario Gomez and Gianluca Mancini also scoring for Atalanta whilst Alfred Duncan picked up a brace for Sassuolo. 

La Dea are 10-2 with four draws in 16 matches against Sassuolo since 2006/07. Seven of the last nine have seen BTTS, proving that the eight-goal thriller in December was no fluke.

Atalanta vs Sassuolo Match Up


Atalanta have plenty of players who could hurt Sassuolo. Josip Ilicic has 12 Serie A goals to his name including December’s hat-trick against Sassuolo whilst Duvan Zapata can strike fear into any defence.

Sassuolo’s 52 Serie A goals this season have been shared amongst 19 players, proving that Atalanta have plenty to watch out for in all areas of the pitch.

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Josip Ilicic is a man in hot form for Atalanta and scored a hat-trick last time they played Sassuolo. (Getty Images)

Atalanta vs Sassuolo Key Statistics


  • Atalanta have seen BTTS in 7 of their last 9 matches against Sassuolo (all competitions).
  • Atalanta have seen BTTS in 9 of their last 12 matches (Serie A).
  • Sassuolo have seen BTTS in 7 of their last 11 matches (Serie A).
  • Sassuolo lost their last match against Atalanta 6-2 (Serie A).

Verdict


This has usually been a high-scoring fixture in recent years with both teams netting in seven of the last nine meetings between Atalanta and Sassuolo. Both teams pack a punch going forward and BTTS is tipped at 1.86.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 1.86 at bet365 - 5 Units
Correct Score Tip: Atalanta Win 2-1 @ 9.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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